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Rajanna

Rajanna
Directed by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
S.S. Rajamouli (Action sequences)
Produced by Nagarjuna Akinneni
Written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni
Sneha
Shwetha Menon
Baby Annie
Music by M.M. Keeravani
Cinematography Shyam K. Naidu
Production
company
Release dates
  • 22 December 2011 (2011-12-22)
[1]
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 160 million (US$2.6 million)
Box office 600 million (US$9.7 million)

Rajanna is a 2011 Telugu historical, drama film produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni on Annapurna Studios banner, directed by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad & S.S. Rajamouli (Action sequences). Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sneha, Baby Annie in the lead roles and music composed by M.M. Keeravani. The film recorded as Above Average at box-office. The film, based on the Razakars movement and freedom fighter Suddala Hanmanthu[2] was released on 22 December 2011 to positive reviews and critical acclaim, with soundtrack composed by National Film Award winner M. M. Keeravani.[3]

The film has done moderate business at the Box Office.[4] The film has won six Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, including the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film – Silver.[5]

Plot

The film is set in the Nelakondapalli village of Adilabad district in Nizam Princely State of Hyderabad of the late 1940s. The feudal society is under the vice-like grip of an aristocratic family and its head, a Dorasani (Shwetha Menon). Mallamma (Baby Annie) is the darling of the village, who is living in perpetual humiliation. They seek solace in her songs. Brought up by Sambayya, an old man, she develops a mysterious attachment to a basil tree which is regarded as holy by the entire village.

She happens to sing a song in the Dorasani's house which enrages her. Since nobody can have a skill which her daughter has not been able to acquire, she decrees that Mallamma cannot sing if she wants to be alive. However, singing is in her very marrow. After all, she is the daughter of Rajanna, who had inspired hundreds of villagers to revolt against the evil lords through his revolutionary songs.

When the Dorasani finds Mallamma singing for another time, she decides to hound her and kill. The grandpa wants to take her away, but Mallamma refuses to oblige. It is then when she tells him that she cannot abandon the village where she Rajanna meets her every day. Dorasani, who overhears Sambayya telling her that she is Rajanna's progeny, kills him. A heroine that she is, Mallamma stages an escape with the help of the music teacher (Nassar) and sets off to Delhi to meet Nehru (Prime minister).

The Rajanna story

After killing over a hundred British officers, Rajanna (Nagarjuna Akkineni) is a proud son of a free India. Much to his dismay, he finds the villagers of Nelakondavalli still in servitude and radicalises them to massacre the oppressors. The revolution spreads to hundreds of villages and the nawabs are shaken. Unable to repress the warfare on their own, the local lords seek the help of the evil Razakars.

Ever at the forefront to save the village, Rajanna leads a guerrilla warfare with his four comrades (a Muslim, a Tamil Brahmin, a Punjabi and a Maharashtrian) and achieves martyrdom after fighting hundreds of Razakar desperadoes to the finish.

Rajanna lives on in the memories of the people of Nelakondapalli. His spirit arouses Mallamma to put up a never-say-die attitude and rid the village of the beastly doras.

Cast

Soundtrack

Rajanna
Film score by M.M. Keeravani
Released 2011
Genre Soundtrack
Length 36:38
Label Vel Records
M.M. Keeravani chronology
Badrinath Rajanna Dammu

The music was composed by M.M. Keeravani. Music released on Vel Records Music Company. The audio was well received and was opened to positive reviews by critics.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Gjijigadu"   K.Sivadatta Sanjeev Chimmalgi,Kaala Bhairava 2:53
2. "Raa Ree Ro Rela"   Ananta Sriram Revanth,K.Sahiti,Sravana Bhargavi,Madhumitha,Amritha Varshini,B. Ramya 3:34
3. "Karakuraathi Gundello"   K Sivadatta M.M. Keeravani,Kailash Kher 3:32
4. "Lachchuvamma Lachchuvamma"   Suddala Ashok Teja Rahul Nambiar,Deepu,Sravana Bhargavi 4:57
5. "Chittiguvva"   Ananta Sriram Sanjeev Chimmalgi,Venu, Sivani,B Ramya 3:17
6. "Okka Kshanam"   Ananta Sriram Rahul Nambiar,Deepu,Revanth,Balaji,Prithvi Chandra 1:52
7. "Goodu Chediri Koyila"   Siva Shakthi Datta Shweta Pandit 3:39
8. "Kaligajje"   Mettapalli Surendar Mettapalli Surendar,Chaitra 1:35
9. "Vey Vey"   Suddala Ashok Teja Revanth 3:17
10. "Dorasani Korada"   Mettapalli Surendar Amrutha Varshini 1:11
11. "Melukove Chittitalli"   Chaitanya Prasad Sudharsini 2:12
12. "Amma Avanee"   Siva Shakthi Datta Malavika 4:38
Total length:
36:38

Casting

It was announced in 2010 that Akkineni Nagarjuna would do a film titled 'Rajanna' under Vijayendra Prasad's direction.[6] Tollywood director S.S. Rajamouli choreographed the action sequences of the film. Sneha was roped in to play the female lead after their previous hit Sri Ramadasu.[7][8]

Malayalam actress Shwetha Menon played a negative role.[9] Baby Annie was cast in the role of an orphaned girl.[10]

Production

A massive village set and Bungalow set were erected near Jubilee Hills of Hyderabad for the film. It accidentally caught fire on 5 April 2011 causing a loss of [11] Filming resumed after 2 weeks.

The film was set to be released on 23 December 2011 but date was moved ahead to 21 December due to good response to the film's music.

Box office

The movie has collected in its total run 800 million (US$13 million), the budget of the movie was 160 million (US$2.6 million).

Critical acclaim

The reviews from the press were very positive. Rediff hailed the film as brilliant[12] and fullhyd.com said "Mallamma's story is brilliantly written", and praised the performances as well, particularly that of Baby Annie.

StudentLive, the popular e-magazine from Hyderabad, gave this 4/5 saying "Rajanna is a movie made with a genuine effort. It’s not a movie stuffed with brainless action. This is something rare from the stables of Tollywood which more often than not dishes movies that require you to leave your brain behind when you watch the movie. Rajanna is sure to touch your hearts."[13]

Awards

Nandi Awards
Other Awards

References

  1. ^ "Rajanna`s release advanced by a day". Sify.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/arts/cinema/article2735203.ece?css=print
  3. ^ Rediff.com (24 August 2011). "Rajanna based on Razakaras movement". Rediff.com. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Prakash (26 December 2011). "Nagarjuna's Rajanna gets good opening at Box Office". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-13/news-interviews/34430644_1_sri-rama-rajyam-dookudu-jai-bolo-telangana
  6. ^ "Nagarjuna | Rajanna | Vijayendra Prasad | Rajamouli | Annapurna Studios". CineGoer.com. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sneha joins Nagarjuna in Rajanna". Sify.com. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Andhravilas.net (24 August 2010). "Sneha to romance Nagarjuna once again? – Andhravilas.com -Telugu Cinema, Telugu Movies, India News & World News, Bollywood, Songs:". Andhravilas.com. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Shwetha Menon in Negative role in Rajanna". Supergoodmovies.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Sify.com (24 August 2011). "Rajanna child artist". Sify.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  11. ^ indiaglitz.com (5 April 2011). "Rajanna Set Fire". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Review: Rajanna is brilliant – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Madhav, Sriram. "Rajanna Review: A brilliant epic". Movie Review. StudentLive. 
  14. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/siima-nagarjuna-and-others-for-telugu-nominations/264447-71-216.html
  15. ^ http://www.bollywoodlife.com/south-gossip/kamal-haasan-graces-cinemaa-awards-2012/

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